SW320 Social Work Practice II: Groups

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SW 320 Social Work Practice II: Groups


SP 2010 HO


Larcom, Cynthia


Adjunct Professor


Juris Doctor
Master of Social Work

Office Location

Social Work Department

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

816.333.3001 (cell)




Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM

Credit Hours



An Introduction to Group Work Practice
Sixth Edition
Ronald W. Toseland
Robert F. Rivas
ISBN: 13:978-0-205-59382-8

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Course Description:
SW320 Social Work Practice II-Groups: This course introduces knowledge and skills needed for beginning practice with groups. This includes exploration of the dynamics of group processes and the use of group interventions to address a wide range of human needs. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: SW305, Social Work Pre-major or Major

Educational Philosophy:

Social Work as a profession emerged in response to many challenges, inequalities and threats to the world's most vulnerable populations.  The demographics of those populations is constantly evolving, as is the nature of challenges that increasingly confront us all.
We must forever be students of life.  As the world continues to evolve, so must we, as individuals and professionals.  There are moments in life where silence is not golden and you must ask the difficult questions to not only gain knowledge, but to understand and take action.  However, in group work practice, you will learn that at times silence is a very effective learning and therapy tool.  It's through knowledge, experience and effective practice that we will effect change.
It is vitally important that citizens, regardless of their professional identity, be prepared to efficiently and critically consider their environment in order to identify, strategize, and communicate an effective response to the matters before them.  This is a true in business, science, education and government service as it is in social work practice.
It is the intent of the faculty in the Department of Social Work to facilitate learners in the acquisition of such knowledge as it will serve them , their families and their communities, throughout their lives.  Over the course of the semester, world and local events will occur which may influence our academic, personal, or professional pursuits.  In light of such circumstances the professor  reserves the right to amend the schedule of study.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to generalist social work practice with families and groups.
  2. Identify generalist social work roles, values and ethics associated with services to groups of diverse composition and needs.
  3. Describe theoretical foundations of social work practice from a systematic perspective recognizing both strengths and limitations.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of their own role on group's participants and the group process.
  5. Ability to assess group conditions; and on the basis of that assessment, facilitate group movement both as a social worker and group member.
  6. Recognize and respond to vulnerable families and populations at risk.
  7. Describe and demonstrate an understanding of the process and application of practice evaluation in working with groups.

Core Assessment:
  • Group Intervention Planning (LO 1-5,7)
  • Group Facilitation (LO 1-5,7)
  • Course Co-facilitation (LO 1,2)
  • Problems in group paper (LO2,4-7)
  • Problems in families paper (LO 2,4-7)
  • Core Assessment: Portfolio Assignment (LO 2,4,6,7)
  • Exams (LO 1-7)

Class Assessment:

Portfolio Assignment - Students will address their role and identity as: an individual, as a member of groups; as a generalist and professional social worker; as a professional member vs. professional facilitator. 
Research Paper and Multi-media Presentation(s) - Research the history of group work practice, identify the various types and create a multi-media presentation that utilizes one of the appropriate types of group work practice.
Group Facilitation(s) - through class and/or community interaction practice group facilitation interventions.
Core Assessments - test(s), quiz(s), demonstration of core learning tasks.
Class Attendance/Participation - "90% of life is simply showing up."  If students are not in class they are not active learners.  Everyone needs to be here and be ready to discuss the readings/topics.


Portfolio Assignment - 15 points
Research Paper and Multi-media Presentation(s) - 30 points
      -paper 15
      -presentation(s) 10
      -Demonstration of Professional Evolution 5  
Group Facilitation(s) -15 points
Core Assessments - 30 points
Class Attendance/Participation - 10 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due on the date indicated.  Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score.  ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE THRID DAY LATE. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Come to class - class attendance is imperative.
2.  Don't be late - tardiness is disruptive to the class and will result in points being deducted from your final grade.
3.  Be present in the moment - come to class prepared to actively participate for the entire class period.  Students should not be texting, instant messaging or coming in and out of class.
4.  Be prepared - come to class ready to discuss the topics at hand.  Do the readings, research and/or activities.
5.  Be respectful - Social Work deals with sensitive material; courtesy and respect MUST be maintained at all times. This includes, but is not limited to:  respecting diverse opinions; NOT engaging in side/private conversations; and challenging and engaging in the academic discourse.
6.  If a student's behaviors in the classroom is disruptive, the professor will allow the student an opportunity to correct the behavior without consequences.  If the behavior continues to be disruptive, the student may be ask do leave the classroom and may be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
January 12/14
Chapter 1
Introduction: The knowledge base of group work practice
Week 2
Chapters 2 and 3
Historical developments and Understanding group dynamics
Week 3
Chapters 4 and 5
Leadership and diversity
Week 4
February 2/4
Chapter 6
Planning the group
Week 5
Chapter 7
The group begins
Week 6
Chapter 8
Week 7
Chapter 9
Treatment groups : foundation methods
Week 8
March 2/4
Chapter 10
Treatment groups : specialized methods
Week 9 Spring Break!
Week 10
Chapter 11
Task groups : foundation methods
Week 11
Chapter 12
Task groups : specialized methods
Week 12
March 30/April 1
Chapter 13
Week 13
Chapter 14
Ending the group's work
Week 14 Catch up/wrap up classes
Week 15 Presentations
Week 16 Presentations


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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